I am a poor older man with a lifelong love of sailing and boating
. I simply cannot afford to live the modern American lifestyle on my income
; therefore, I have decided to fix up an old sailboat and live and travel on it. I will use a bicycle for shore transportation, a skiff and oars for shuttle service
from anchorage to shore, and sail whenever possible to places of interest. I have done this before so it will not be new to me. If done properly, such a lifestyle is cheap
, interesting, good exercise, and enjoyable. I met a lot of nice people doing this.
I seek a strong boat
about 35 feet in length that I can sail alone. A vessel with offshore
capabilities is necessary for my goals. I may go beyond the Caribbean
area and the boat
should be seaworthy
in all sea conditions. Performance is secondary to safety
. What I am looking for is an intact and sound hull/deck, diesel engine
with all the parts
, and as much in the way of good sails
as possible - all for the lowest possible price
. I am a mechanic
so I can rebuild
engines, run new stays if necessary, rebuild
woodwork, and repair fiberglass
. If fixtures on the boat (masts, boom, roller reefing, fittings, etc.) can be repaired with labor, welding, or inexpensive replacements
, that would be a big plus. Although not highly skilled my woodworking is passable. In short, I can repair
a boat as long as the repairs
do not cost a lot.
I bought my last boat for $1.00. I repaired it and lived aboard it. I sailed it to Cuba
from Mobile, Alabama
and it performed very well. Sadly, it was sunk by an uncharted rock and my failure to stay far enough off the poorly-charted coast of Cuba
. I am looking for another home/boat/project.
Hopefully, there is someone out there with a well-loved boat who would like to enable an old guy to live his dream; I have another dollar if there is!